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The M.L. MacIntyre Begonia Trust supports education and knowledge relating to Begonias. The Trust has a focus on Scottish and especially on Glasgow-based interests in Begonias and their allies. It supports the Begonia Collection at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens and undertakes to promote scholarship through postgraduate and postdoctoral research.

Funds available to the Trust are limited. While the Trustees are willing to consider formal requests for small projects on an ad hoc basis, in general applications for funding will not be accepted unless linked to a specific call. When accepted, all applications are reviewed by the Trustees who may take advice first from specialists in the field.

Most grants awarded by the Trust fall in the range of £500 to £2000 and are often made as grants-in-aid of larger projects. Awards for postgraduate research studentships are made at the standard RCUK rate for UK and European Union students and include tuition fees and stipend but not the cost of comsumables.

The Trustees will consider formal requests for small projects or Grants-in-Aid (GIAs). Calls may be made once or twice each year for GIAs, usually in the late spring or early summer, but applications for GIAs may be accepted at any time. When accepted, all applications are reviewed by the Trustees who may take advice first from specialists in the field. The Trust will normally reach a decision on funding within 12 weeks of receiving an application, but cannot guarantee a decision in this time period. Therefore, potential applicants are encouraged to submit well in advance. The Trustees will consider:

>Whether the project is scientifically sound and/or of value to supporting the National Collection of Begonias at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens;

>Whether the outcomes are likely to yield knowledge that is new and important to the understanding of Begonias and their allies;

>Whether the project has demonstrable ties to Scotland and especially to Glasgow;

>What opportunities the applicant(s) may have to find alternative and/or additional funding in support;

>And the level of funding requested and its timeframe in relation to the project.

Applicants are expected to submit the following materials addressed to 'The Secretary, M.L. MacIntyre Begonia Trust' in pdf format via email:

>A covering letter with the name of the applicant, his/her address, affiliation(s) and qualifications relevant to the application. The letter should also indicate the Institution/Department – or if a field trip, the location – where the work will be carried out.

>A complete Curriculum Vitae for the applicant.

>As appropriate supporting letter(s) on official letterhead from the Institution/Department relevant to the proposed work.

>A statement of understanding that the Trust will not be held responsible for the safety and insurance of any personnel engaged in research or other activities, equipment or facilities associated with the work.

>A summary and description of the project to include: the project title; an abstract of the project (no more than 250 words) written for a lay readership; a detailed description of the project (no more than 4 pages with references and any figures or illustrations) to include relevant background and rationale to the work, its likely contributions to knowledge of Begonias and its broader scientific relevance, the methods to be used and timescales expected, the potential problems faced in the work and how these might be overcome, and any other relevant information.

The Begonia Trust is founded on the legacies of Malcolm and Constance MacIntyre. Over the decades, the Trust has promoted education, research into Begonias, and knowledge generally of the natural environment in which we live.

To continue its work, the Trust will benefit from donations, both large and small. If you would like to make a donation, or find out more information on how your donation will be used, please contact us.